Using Ebates To Save Money On In-Store Pickup

Despite all the benefits of online shopping, there are occasional drawbacks that may lead you to actually get in your car and drive down to your local store to pick up a coveted item.

Maybe you just can’t wait to get your hands on it, or perhaps you really don’t want to pay for shipping. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of times when it’s just easier to buy an item in a brick and mortar store.

If you already know what item you are going to purchase and you do not have any in store coupons to use, you can use a little trick to save some extra money on your in store purchase. You can use Ebates to get cash back on your in store pickup order at select stores.

All you have to do is go to Ebates.com, click on the tracking link for the store you are shopping at, make your purchase online and select in-store pickup at checkout. You will pay for your purchase online and then it will be ready when you get to the store. All you have to do is pick up the order and watch the cash back roll in.

The cash back percentage through Ebates might not be all that earth-shattering at the stores that offer in-store pickup. For example, Best Buy only offers 1% cash back. However, if you are purchasing big-ticket items, the savings can really add up.

Some of the stores that offer in-store pickup that you can shop at through Ebates are: Best Buy, Home Depot, Walmart, and the The Container Store. Check out this article from the Ebates blog for more information.

There is also a list of store exceptions that can be found here. You will see that certain stores do not give cash back for purchases picked up at the store.  At the bottom it says under “Other Exceptions,” “In-Store Pickup: purchases made online but picked up at the merchant store do not qualify to earn cash back.” I’m not exactly sure why it says this because the Ebates blog itself confirms that select stores do offer cash back for in-store pickup.

I guess you should just be aware that Ebates could possibly deny cash back for in-store purchases, but I know from experience that it does work at certain stores. Regardless, you have nothing to lose by trying it if you have your heart set on getting an item in the store.

So just remember the next time you need to purchase a big-ticket item at a physical store, shopping through Ebates and selecting in-store pickup can save you some extra money. Another benefit of in-store pickup is that you the item will be ready and waiting for you when you get to the store, so you will a little extra time as well.

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